I’m sure you Cage Stans like myself have noticed that he’s released a few new tracks entitled Super Baked and Mayan Stop Watch as well as a snippet of a track called The Void. If you’ve heard these tracks, I’m sure you’ll also notice a pretty drastic lyrical departure from his last record, Depart From Me. Well, of course, I’ve got a few things to say about, not only these tracks, but Cage’s content change in general.
Anyone that knows me knows that I’m a huge fan of Cage’s Movies For The Blind. I would defend that album being an underground classic to the death. When I first heard that album, the way Cage flowed, as well as the ridiculous content, made it one of the dopest things I’d ever heard. To boost, after a recent talk with Ryan from Man Bites Dog Records about all the Masonic codes buried in the lyrics, I now think it’s even doper than I did before.
When Cage changed his style up on Hell’s Winter, while it was a departure, overall I felt like Hell’s Winter was just a more introspective Cage. No big deal. Depart From Me (Cage’s 808s & Heartbreaks), on the other hand, I felt was an extreme 180 from any of his previous material. I don’t throw the term “emo” around but let’s just say…he got very sensitive. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the album. I think songs like Nothing Left To Say, Eating Its Way Out Of Me and Depart From Me were good songs. Fellas, don’t act like you’ve never been dumped before and can’t relate to shit like “Tears eventually caked up. Inevitable break up. Laying in bed for days and then you wake up.” Fine. That’s some Drake-style bitch shit, but it’s still good.
So after this record dropped, all of his older fans like myself were curious and skeptical as to what he’d do next. I can say that I never thought I’d be hearing these new tracks that he dropped. What made me want to do this write-up was the other fan reactions I’ve read about these tracks like “Cage is back”, “These tracks are super dope”, “Alex The Wormking returns”, etc. But when I listen to these tracks, while I think they’re good, I can’t be quite as excited as everyone else. I really hate to be on some “you can’t come back” shit, but in reality sometimes you can’t. Cage strayed so far from the style that made him an underground legend that can we really get all that excited that he’s putting out tracks that kinda sound like forced versions of his old material?
And has anyone thought about his motives for doing these tracks? Cage gained a lot of new fans with his new style, but, at the same time, he lost a lot of his core fans. So did he come back to this style because this is genuinely what he felt like doing? Was he tired of people calling him an “emo faggot?” Did he just want to gain his old fans acceptance back? If you want my opinion, I’d say it’s a combination of all of the above. Cage tried something new that, depending on who you asked, could have been seen as a failure. Now he’s returning to, not only what his old fans want from him, but what he does best. That aside, let’s talk about the songs:
Super Baked sounds like something he would’ve done right before the Weatherproof EP. He even brought his old high-pitched voice that we all loved back. It has some creepy production with pretty throwback lyrics. “I don’t know if God gave me this brain, but if he did there’s a devil and he knows my name.”
Mayan Stop Watch has a beat much like something we would have heard on Depart From Me, which, of course, has to do with F. Sean Martin producing it. However, I think this beat is better than the beats he did on DFM. I really like the way Cage rode the beat and the lyrics were, again, vintage Cage. “Let’s play a drinking game. The blood of Christ is lame. Let’s say what was in his head was heroin and sniff his brain.”
The Void was an interesting reuniting of Cage and DJ Mighty Mi. If you’ve been following Cage, you’ll know he had a beef with him and his partner, Mr. Eon. Anyway, I wasn’t a fan of this beat at all. Some people are calling it “dubstep”, but I’m still sketchy on that genre so I’ll just say it sounds like a shitty electronica sample. If shitty electronica equals dubstep then there you go. I honestly didn’t get enough of Cage’s verse to really judge them, but the little I did hear sounded decent.
So, all in all, Cage has been dropping some pretty good new material. It’s a nice return to his old style, but is it too late? Will his fans take him seriously? Is his style change going to be dismissed or can he pull a Metallica, have fans forget about his Load and simply embrace his return? What do you think?